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The Sweet Pea Book

By: Graham Rice

144 pages, 80 col photos

B T Batsford

Hardback | Dec 2002 | #129836 | ISBN: 0713487372
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The sweet pea is one of the most popular and evocative of summer flowers, loved for its unsurpassed fragrance, range of colours and ease of cultivation. Authoritative and inspiring, The Sweet Pea Book covers: History of sweet peas; Classification; Descriptions of all available varieties; Raising sweet peas; Growing and breeding sweet peas; Problems with sweet peas (peasts and diseases); Fragrance; Sweet peas in the garden; Sweet peas in the house (cut flowers); Exhibiting sweet peas; Sweet peas in the United States; Sweet peas in Australia; Illustrated in colour throughout by studio plates, plant portraits and plant association pictures by the author and the award-winning American garden photographer Judy White.

Sweetpeas. Redolent of English country gardens, full of scent and synonymous of summer, these attractive, easy-to-grow plants can be found in most gardens during the summer months, enchanting the beholder with their beauty and aroma. Easy to grow, if looked after well they will reward the grower a hundredfold, providing vases of cut flowers as well as a vibrant outdoor display. Graham Rice, an expert on annuals, gives a concise account of their history, hybridization, uses and cultivation. From whether to sow in the autumn or spring to chipping the seeds; from growing in beds and borders to growing in containers. He gives his in-depth knowledge in an easy to understand language to ensure gardeners both amateur and veteran benefit from his advice. An A-Z directory of varieties accompanied by the attractive photographs of Judy White gives an insight into the myriad of colours now available - bi-colours, striped, speckled or plain together with a fragrance rating as many, due to over-hybridization, have lost that most enchanting of assets. An informative reference work from an acknowledged expert, this is a valuable addition to any gardener's bookcase and, for connoisseurs of the genus Lathyrus, a must. - Lucy Watson


From the wild to our gardens; fragrance; in the garden; dwarf sweet peas; sweet peas in containers; classification of sweet peas; the sweet peas: descriptions; wild annual Lathyrus; raising sweet peas from seed; care and culture of sweet peas; creating new sweet peas; solving sweet pea problems; in the house; the basics of exhibiting; sweet peas in the United States; awards to sweet peas; where to buy sweet pea seeds.

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Graham Rice is the gardening correspondent for the London Evening Standard and a world authority on annuals of all kinds. He is the author of 15 books, including the award-winning Hardy Perennials. He writes regularly for BBC Gardeners' World and other magazines and sits on a number of Royal Horticultural Society committees. He also judges the flower trials at Wisley for the Royal Horticultural Society.

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